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  1. Hi folks. I'm looking for general observations, if anyone has any thoughts to offer! Had my Barista Express for about a year and a half. Don't regret the purchase for a moment! Have enjoyed learning the 'coffee basics' without taking it too seriously. I have measured, timed and recorded ratio from time to time, but not always. Have bought only freshly roasted beans either online or locally. Also got a taster gift for my 50th; 12 small packs over 6 months; very educational in itself. Have produced some shockingly awful extractions, but can, sometimes with help o
  2. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-SES875BKS-The-Barista-Express-Machine-Black-Sesame-Integrated-FREE-SHIPPING/323691281764?hash=item4b5d80fd64:g:BPoAAOSwo~dcYiiS
  3. Where should it be located? Attempting to register the warranty, and maybe I'm going daft in old age but I searched the machine and can't seem to find the white sticker shown in Sage's help page. Wouldn't surprise me if they intentionally make it difficult to find....
  4. Hi all, Last week after a backflush my barista express started to leak water out of the top of the portafilter when pulling a shot. I called sage and they told me to buy a new ring gasket so I did, arrived today but it's still doing it... Anyone have any ideas what to do now? IV been thinking about changing the machine anyway but would like to fix it up and sell it rather than just throw it out... Machine pulls two shots a day, IV had a it about 2 years and I bought it as a refurb on eBay so it's probably had good use... Any idea on what the issue could be, now t
  5. I need help - ever since getting a new rubber cleaning disc from Sage the "clean me" function doesn't seem to work. Formally, large amounts of "soapy" water would collect in a bowl but now barely a few drops of brown liquid. Could it be a faulty disc - I've tried two already - or something else? Please help
  6. The manual with the Barista express says a double expresso should have 14g of coffee and will produce 60ml in 20 to 25 seconds. Surely that will be a very weak expresso? What is that, just over 1:4, isn't expresso around 1:2 plus or minus? I use a 17g dose for a single shot getting about 36ml of coffee (I re-programmed it). I don't use the double shot since I can't fit anywhere near 30g of coffee in the double basket if I want the same 1:2 ratio given the approx 60ml yield. I'm new to this so am I missing something? Thanks
  7. Hello all, this is my first post so go easy! I'm looking at upgrading my Delonghi EC820.B to something a bit more substantial. I've settled on Sage as a preferred option but at the moment I'm torn between going for a Barista Express or going for the separates option and getting the Duo-Temp Pro and the Smart Grinder Pro. Both options are in the same price range so cost isn't an issue. I was initially looking at the BE but from my limited research it sounded like its better to go for a coffee machine and separate grinder? I'm not really limited in terms of worktop space so the si
  8. I've had my Barista Express for around a month now and have gotten mixed results - my latest problem is that I'm getting sour shots and fast pours, despite the fact that I'm doing, as far as I understand, all I can to prevent this, but I realise this might just be my own ignorance as I am new to Espresso in general: From the start I found that I was using the finest grind setting in order to not get an overly fast shot, and I'm also tamping very hard. Despite this, I'm getting sour shots and fast extractions... To me this seems strange - my strategy was to try and choke the machine and th
  9. Hi Everyone I'm just wondering if any of you have experimented with different dose sizes into the 54mm double basket (single wall, obviously) on the Barista Express? I have only started playing with weighing in/out and have only tried 18g in so far, 1:2 ratio pull, 30s but it's too acidic for me. I went finer on the grind by one notch and it goes out to 45s and too bitter and too 'heavy'. So wondered if any of you have tried different doses to any great effect? Cheers
  10. jomo

    Which machine?

    Hi everyone, At the minute I have a built-in Siemens bean to cup machine which John Lewis have agreed to exchange for me as it in unable to heat milk to an acceptable level. I've never been particularly happy with the coffee it produces either. Anyway, I quite like the look of the Sage machines they stock. At first I thought I'd exchange it for the Barista Express and have the difference refunded but after reading more into it, a lot of people are saying the grinder isn't really up to the job so now I'm leaning more to the Dual Boiler and a separate grinder. Would this be a better option tha
  11. Hi After much frustration with inconsistent results from my cheap DeLonghi burr grinder and aging Dualit Espressivo machine I decided to upgrade to the Barista Express. I just wanted to thank all the people who have posted info on the Barista Express. If anyone is interested, I've ordered it from Lakeland and they price matched it down to £449.
  12. Hi, I've just bought this machine and I'm looking for compatible water filters. It looks like Sage have updated the machine because my water filter looks completely different from what's on the Sage website: https://www.sageappliances.com/gb/en/parts-accessories/accessories/bwf100uk.html What I have looks more similar to this: http://www.delonghi.com/en-gb/products/coffee/coffee-makers/coffee-accessories-gifts/waterfilter-softener-5513292811 I can't seem to find a filter like this on the Sage website for my maker. Since it's a proprietary filter it'll probably be more expens
  13. Hi all - happy to have stumbled across this forum! Especially since lockdown has given me time to get back into my coffee obsession. I have a Barista Express machine that sadly seems to have recently developed a slow leak It's ~6 years old, was used maybe 5 times a week for the first 2 years, likely a lot less in the last 3 years while my parents were looking after it. The machine works, still pulls a decent shot and steams milk, but over time is leaking from somewhere near the back. It doesn't seem to leak faster while extracting, but if I forget to empty the tank straight afterw
  14. Firstly sorry for long first post, I've been researching through this forum for a while now and have picked up lots of handy advice, however I wanted to check I've understood correctly and also gauge some opinions based on current pricing. Originally I was looking to pick up BE from Amazon for £390 which seemed like a good place to start upgrading from a Nespresso machine. Well reviewed and seemed good value for money compared to the BP and Touch. Now Costco is offering the BP for £449 which offers the Thermojet faster heating, a more powerful steam wand, more steps on the
  15. Hello all, Barney here and new to the forum. Been reading things on here for sometime and thought with my new machine I would join up and get involved. I had had my Delonghi Magnifica ESAM 4000.b for sometime. I had taken the thing apart and refurbished the brewing unit a couple of times. I had always felt put off by the access for cleaning of the tamper and grinder. I had seen the sage machines and had been wanting the B.E. for along time. Honestly if I could afford it I'd love the rocket but one must live within there means. I had been using the Lavazza Super crema with the Delong
  16. Hi All, don’t know if anyone else has had this but my portafilter has started to gradually rotate itself, as if to undo it, mid pour. It’s not causing a problem yet but I feel if it does ever come out with, what should be, 9 bar of pressure behind it, it would cause a lot of damage to anything under it and make for a long clean up. Any ideas to what might cause this? the machine isn’t very old after sage replaced it from a separate issue in January. I am fairly certain that they sent a brand new machine out so I would be supported if it is just ‘wear and tear’ that has caused it
  17. Hi, I bought the machine last week from AO ebay and it was advertised as BES875, the outer carton box also says BES875UK. However, I've tried registering the machine with Sage and the bottom sticker says BES870? What are the differences between the two machines? Have I been sent previous model?
  18. So.. I got a DTP a few months ago and got to a position where I was turning out .. DECENT .. coffee, but not great. The downfall was my grinder. I couldn't justify to my wife that I would spend another £200 on a grinder when we're saving for honeymoon. So I have managed to buy a second hand Barista Express for £200 from a girl who bought a sandwich shop but didn't want a coffee machine.. would say its around 6 months old and not really had much use at all. Only thing I would say is that it hasn't been cleaned particularly often so I've gutted it and it literally is like new but I may look
  19. Hi, Have been looking at buying an espresso machine and looking for some advice on the best entry level option. Our budget is around £500-£800. Currently we don’t own a machine at all, just use a bialetti moka pot, a milk frothing jug and a we have this Cuisinart grinder: https://www.johnlewis.com/cuisinart-dbm8u-auto-burr-coffee-grinder/p230858168?sku=230858168&s_kwcid=2dx92700044582398773&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq72R75Dm4gIVmK3tCh28QgyxEAQYASABEgL2hvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Initially we were looking at something like the sage barista express:
  20. I have had the Barista Express for about 2.5 years. Recently I have had issues with the extraction. It continues to extract my coffee fully and it wont stop until there's no water left in the machine. I have descaled the machine and back washed it. I have used different grinds and beans and the issue is still occurring. It is possible to stop it manually with the button. Anyone have any idea what is going on?
  21. Hi all I’m new to the forum so I hope I have posted this to the correct section. I own a sage barista express, and have been looking at getting a 54mm portafilter machined out to a bottomless one as I cannot seem to find a uk supplier for a bottomless type. I have order a new portafilter direct from sage and have dropped it off to a local machinist who I used to work with and he is machining this one out for free as a tester, is there any more interest in these? I will upload pictures once I get it back. If there is any interest please let me know so I can try and get a cheaper price for th
  22. I've had to feel my way on this a machine as a lot of web info is useless - main guidance available for it is to obtain a 30ml shot so I posted an Amazon review that may help new comers but like I said I'm new to this and still wonder about several things. I tend to type too much so will just copy paste most of the review. I've missed out the part about Sage Uk's spares pages compared with Breville in the USA for the identical machine. Any comments. Am I going in the wrong direction anywhere? One thing I have noticed is lack of a really heavy crema but suspect that is down to bean
  23. In deciding between the Barista Express and Dual Temp Pro, I was wondering if the grey plastic cover on the BE, in which the portafilter sits when filling the basket with coffee, can be removed? The reason being - I intend to use my existing grinder for espresso, but wondered about using the inbuilt BE grinder for a cafetiere. So a second question is can the BE inbuilt grinder be adjusted all the way to cafetiere coarseness? Thanks
  24. Called Sage about my PF coming off and they suggested a new seal, but they've sent me what looks like a Barista Express one. [ATTACH=CONFIG]14845[/ATTACH] The smaller one obviously.
  25. Spotted the Barista Express on the BBC's 'Saturday Kitchen', wonder if they get any use out of it, or if it's just there for show.. Link to original video: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1206582/James-Martin-engulfs-studio-smoke-LIVE-Saturday-Kitchen.html
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